when the landlord deliberately stops providing essential services or damages the apartment in order to force you to move out.
This can include removing appliances, tampering with locks or cutting of gas and electric.
a reason or reasons why the other side should not win the court case.
a reason you do not owe or did not pay some or all of the rent in a nonpayment case or why you shouldn't have to move in a holdover case.
without delay, immediately.
A stipulation may say “warrant may issue forthwith. Execution of eviction stayed through and including (date).” The warrant is issued by the court to move forward on an eviction. However, the forthwith language allows the Marshal to move forward on an eviction after a payment due date, without having to go back into court to apply for the warrant.
a defense in a nonpayment case. Also know as stale rent. The landlord is suing you for rent from a long time ago; he or she never asked you to pay it before; and by waiting so long to sue you, you will have difficulty proving your case or paying the back rent due.